It's back in black (among other colours), and it'll hit Australian roads in April 2012: the C 63 AMG Coupe Black Series. That much was known months ago, but now we've got a price.
Including $18,339 in GST and a $43,276 whack with the Luxury Car Tax stick, the 380kW and 620Nm Black carries a Manufacturer's List Price of $245,000.
Leaving those costs out, Merc's MLP for the Black is $183,385 - just over $28,500 more than the regular C 63 AMG Coupe. So what do you get for your extra notes?
The new Black is powered by AMG's trusty 6.2 litre V8 engine, just like the 'regular' model. Of course, the Black gets a handful of performance tweaks, and a significant power boost.
With forged pistons, conrods and crankshaft, along with a reprogrammed ECU and an oil cooler 50 percent larger than the regular unit, the Black Series pumps out a huge 380kW and 620Nm of torque.
The Black's power figures put it well ahead of the regular Coupe's 336kW and 600Nm, and betters even the 358kW offered with the AMG Performance Package.
While the normal C 63 AMG Coupe will sprint to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds, the Black will get you there three-hundredths of a second quicker.
Grunt is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch AMG SpeedShift transmission.
Four driving are offered, including Sport and Manual. There's also an electronically-controlled and ESP-linked limited-slip differential with three response settings.
Riding on 19-inch wheels, the C 63 AMG Black Series gets a 40mm wider track at the front and 70mm at the rear, along with adjustable sports suspension and stiffened anti-roll bars.
Braking is managed by 390mm discs and six-piston calipers at the front, and 360mm discs and four-piston calipers at the rear.
On the styling front - and thanks in part to the widened track - the Black coupe gets the usual race-inspired body tweaks. The flared guards and brake vents are the standout feature, along with a wider-open front bumper and a vented bonnet.
At the rear, there's a new vented rear bumper, along with a black diffuser and a unique quad-exhaust tip design.
Climb into the cabin and you'll find a two-person bucket seat layout with red belts, AMG's Nappa leather-trimmed sports steering wheel and piano-black highlights. (And, if you're hoping to cart the family around the Nurburgring, there's a four-seat option available.)
“The C 63 AMG Coupe Black Series will be limited to a total of 35 units for Australia and New Zealand. Obviously we wanted to get more but, the global customer demand for this latest Black Series has seen our allocation limited to just 35 units," Mercedes-Benz Cars MD Horst von Sanden said.
"Many CLK 63 AMG Black Series owners see the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series as the logical successor and we already have a double figure order bank."
If you want one (more, if you can afford one), you'd best get into your local dealer today.
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